Results 121–140 of 2018 for speaker:Mr William Ross

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: I am trying to clarify to the Secretary of State the issues that he would have to consider before he reached that decision. I am also trying to help the right hon. Gentleman to have a clear understanding of all the implications of the question that would then be before him. As his behaviour in Northern Ireland has not been such as to convince many of us that he really understands the Irish...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: But the amendment must be set in the context—

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: Of course, and it would be possible to find someone less capable and with less understanding of the Irish situation, who could therefore become a bone of contention between this nation and Dublin. We really would not want that to happen. As I was saying when I was hauled back within order, Mr. Martin, I believe that that would be a problem. People from other foreign legislatures might want...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: I am always grateful for your guidance, Mr. Martin, and the guidance from the Chair is always sound—it is never wrong. However, I am trying to ensure that the Secretary of State, in reaching a decision, stays within the confines of reason and those elements to which he must give consideration.

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: The hon. Gentleman raises an important point which, down the years, has bedevilled those in the House who have looked at what should disqualify a Member of the House. One of the issues considered in terms of disqualification is the time available for a Member to carry out his duties in this place to his constituents.

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: I just want to say one sentence in reply to the hon. Member for New Forest, East (Dr. Lewis). The speech of my hon. Friend the Member for Fermanagh and South Tyrone (Mr. Maginnis) raised that very point yesterday, and it was definitely not answered. My hon. Friend made the point succinctly and it is well worth while reading his speech because it clearly illustrates the point that the hon....

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: Does the Minister realise that the people of Northern Ireland will judge the outcome of the commission's report not on what it says but on the weapons that they see surrendered and destroyed?

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: On a point of order, Mr. Martin. After the Minister's remarks, do you not catch the strong stench of sugar and butter simmering on a stove?

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: The hon. Gentleman often takes part in such debates.

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that, although there might be a number of acts of decommissioning, decommissioning is supposed to be complete by May this year.

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Macclesfield (Mr. Winterton) for that phrase. The truth is that such people have not deserted violence. As I said yesterday, a mental reservation exists in them. They have proclaimed several times that the wording of the oaths and undertakings that they have been asked to accept was such that they were able to accept them. That is why the hon. Member for...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: The hon. Gentleman's proposal uses language that is much stronger than that of any of the undertakings or commitments that the people about whom I speak have had to give to enter the Northern Ireland Assembly, so to that extent I agree with him. He is asking that a complete disavowal of terrorism be a requirement of any person seeking election, but the phrasing of that disavowal must be a...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: As yesterday, the debate is more wide ranging and interesting than the Government would have wished. The questions raised by all contributors go to the heart of our democracy, and the Government have not yet given us any real answers. We are still considering the first group of amendments selected for debate, and I am grateful for the fact that it will be possible to go beyond 10 pm tonight....

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: On a point of order, Sir Alan. Surely the term "decommissioning" is only defined, so far as the law of the United Kingdom is concerned, in the Act that creates the decommissioning process. The definition in that Act should matter, not anything that people might wish to introduce by any side wind during this debate. We are dealing with decommissioning as already legally defined—as being the...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: The right hon. Gentleman will have noticed that we have not yet had a comprehensive list of all whom the Government consulted in regard to the Bill. We have dragged out of the Government only that they consulted the leader of the Unionist party and, presumably, the usual channels.

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: Further to the point that has already been raised, Sir Alan. I apologise for being a few minutes late but I was trying to check one or two things in the Public Bill Office before I came into the Chamber. If you are having some difficulty in deciding which amendments should be taken, you will appreciate—given the expertise on which you have to draw and the help that you receive—the...

Orders of the Day — Disqualifications Bill: Amendment of Section 1(1)(E) of the Disqualification Acts (25 Jan 2000)

Mr William Ross: On a point of order, Sir Alan. You will appreciate that in considering amendments we sometimes approach the same issue from slightly different points of view, and apply different standards. Would it be possible to have a vote on each amendment in a group if that were thought necessary by Back-Bench Members?


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